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Where have all the good launch titles gone?

"Remember when launch games didn’t suck? The glorious days of Super Mario 64 and Halo are behind us and we’re left with a couple of good-but-not-great exclusives and a flood of multiplatform titles.

Heck, the SNES launched with Super Mario World, Pilotwings and even F-Zero. What happened to quality launches like that? Honestly, they’re probably gone forever but the reasons are hard to argue with.

The modern state of the gaming industry certainly takes part of the blame. As the money at stake piles up, the primary focus for most studios has shifted from creating a great game to creating a game that sells well. Sure bets like sequels have become the gold standard and innovation is largely left to the indie developers." - Ken Smith

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UltimateMaster985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

Don't mind the misleading image.
The PS4 a lot of the best games on their system.
Not just 1 or 2 mascots.

All consoles will have great games.
But it just seem you can't have a Nintendo without Mario nor an Xbox without Halo while PS continuously evolve and weren't scared to try out new things.

UncleGermrod985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

i disagree. sony has picked up great 1st party talent, and they have always been great to 3rd party devs. so yes, there has been a plethora of great titles on sony platforms, ranging from different to standard triple A, and from big names to small. that being said, i do not think that their lack of a sort of "mascot" can be attributed to their creativity in other areas. just doesnt seem to make much sense. if anything, it's because they have been able to rely on their huge library of hard-core games that they never really needed to succeed at creating a kind of "household" name that even mothers can recognize.

ShinMaster985d ago

I think it's dumb how people get so hung up on day 1 games. There is a console's lifetime of games to look forward to.

UltimateMaster985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

Also "What happened to gaming launch?"
As if it's a huge deal.
The PS Vita had the most games at launch in gaming history yet people complained there were no games.
The PS4 has barely a handful of exclusives yet it sold over 1 million.
Launch Games aren't the be all end all of a console.

Stringerbell985d ago

Interesting question but I think it all boils down to price. We have lost a lot of the middle market developers and all of a sudden it aint so cheap to make a game now. I brought this up before on another launch article but I will say it again: Look at the Dreamcast launch a lot of variety in there BUT also a good chunk of the games were middle market titles. In addition we also had quite a few arcade ports in that launch too (you will never see that again).

Masterchief_KOK985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

hold up x1 has the best looking launch titles outta first xbox and 360. while ps4 has the decent launch title but still was beyond better then ps3. ps3 launch title was a joke

kratos_TheGoat985d ago

@chief i was dead ass about to drop $600 on ps3 cause it was this rumor god of war 2 was gonna be ps3 only in 2007. but sony later said is was coming only for ps2 so i did was brought gow and the rest for halo3 bundle. And I never look back, but man every gamer was laughing how the launch title for ps3 were terrible. I got ps4 and Im happy gamer

McScroggz985d ago

The original Xbox had Halo: Combat Evolved. No game for the Xbox One launch looks to come close. Besides, does it matter if the PS4 or Xbox One have a lot of OK titles and a couple good ones?

_FantasmA_985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

Killzone says hi. Resistance on the PS3 says hi. No good launch games? you must be high.

zpoc985d ago

resistance 3 was great, but not a launch title. resistance: fall of man was, and it was pretty middling, in my opinion.

killzone shadow fall, however, is a great ps4 launch game. i'm finding the campaign to be really good, and graphically it beats out literally everything else out there, and i say that as a PC gamer with a rig that can max out anything i throw at it.

sorane985d ago

Can't hold a candle to Crysis 3 in the graphics department. Especially since it's using prerendered cutscenes.

gillri985d ago

Yeah it looks a step up from crysis 3 on full settings and its only a launch title which always dont take full advantage of the hardware or even close to it

Masterchief_KOK985d ago

buddy you forgot about Mobile Suit Gundam: Crossfire, Genji: Days of the Blade, Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom Ridge Racer 7 those was 2006 launch tittle exclusive for ps3 only those games was beyond trash

kratos_TheGoat985d ago

lmao master chief why are you gonna hard on them boys

Nocando985d ago (Edited 985d ago )

Every time I see someone use the cutesy term "says hi" I want to punch a baby. I apologize in advance to any babies in the room.

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